The Baltimore Orioles have announced that Catherine Thorson of Annapolis is one of three teachers competing to represent the Orioles in the "Target Presents People All-Star Teachers" campaign, designed to honor teachers who make an impact on students and communities.
Thorson is one of 90 finalists nationwide chosen by Major League Baseball, Target and People magazine for the contest. She's competing for online votes with two other teachers to represent the Orioles at the MLB All-Star Game.
During her 11-year career, Thorson procured funding for an outdoor classroom and a sports and academic after-school program, and has helped her school, Georgetown East Elementary School, in Annapolis, acquire iPads. She also helped enlist a local artist to construct an outdoor art piece at the school.
She holds two master's degrees and was awarded her county's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Excellence Award. She has also earned teaching certificates in elementary education, biology and ESOL.
People can go to AllStarTeachers.com to vote through June 29. One winner from each major league clubs will be recognized during a pre-game ceremony for the All-Star Game on July 15.
The other teachers competing to represent the Orioles are Brian Raska, who has taught adapted physical education to special-needs students and also elementary physical education in Northern Virginia; and Thomas Arentz, an English and Latin teacher at Sparrows Point High School in Dundalk.